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Easy Reading (H2020)


The aim of the project is to develop a technical framework to make digital content more accessible. In particular, a technical infrastructure should enable people with cognitive disbailities to make better use of websites, apps or other digital documents with automated and individually adapted services.


The "Easy Reading" framework is designed as a cloud-based, open-source and freely available support infrastructure and supports modern and sustainable research and development. Users can access various digital tools via individual profiles according to their own needs and abilities, which makes it easier for them to access and use different digital documents in real time. These could be, for example:

  • Annotations, e.g. pictures, videos or symbols, which facilitate understanding,
  • Adjustments of layout and structure,
  • Translation into Plain Language, Easy-to-Read or symbol writing systms.

The automated services can be implemented using modern Human Computer Interface (HCI) techniques, such as pop-ups, text-to-speech, captions by mouse-over or eye-tracking. This approach supports independent access to digital information, especially for people with cognitive impairments, who are often excluded from digital participation. The services can be adapted to the current needs and abilities of the users by using a personal profile, for example through sensor-based tracking.

The framework aims to provide the basis for a sustainable development of services for the individual improvement of cognitive accessibility of digital information. Therefore, it promotes the European ideals of integration and inclusion and provides the basis for the development of software products and services for enterprises (profit and non-profit) in a new international and research-driven growth market.

Participatory action research

To ensure that the users' needs are taken into account in development, users are also represented in the interdisciplinary research team. Project partners for this part of the project are the Competence Network Information Technology to Support the Integration of People with Disabilities (KI-I, Austria), the gGmbH In der Gemeinde Leben Düsseldorf (IGL gGmbH, Germany). Within the project, methods of participatory action research (IPAR) for software development will be researched and further developed.

Project Partner

  • Johannes Kepler University Linz
  • W3C
  • Funka Nu
  • Texthelp Ltd
  • DART
  • Athena Ltd.
  • Technische Universität Dortmund
  • PIKSL, Düsseldorf
  • KI-I


01/2018 - 07/2020


EU (H2020)


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Bühler
  • Dr. Susanne Dirks
  • Dr. Tobias Bernasconi
  • Cordula Edler M. A.

email: susanne.dirks@tu-dortmund.de



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Profilepicture Susanne Dirks

Dr. Susanne Dirks 


Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences

TU Dortmund 

Emil-Figge-Str. 50 

44227 Dortmund 

+49 231 755 7161